Angus North and Mearns MSP Nigel Don was one of the MSPs and council officers from Scotland to be shown the latest generation of broadband.
Senior officers from local authorities across the country joined MSPs at the Scottish Parliament to see for themselves the capabilities offered by satellite broadband system, which can deliver fast, 20Mbps broadband anywhere in the country immediately without the need for infrastructure investment or delay.
Avonline Broadband, the UK’s leading ToowayTM satellite broadband installer, delivered a briefing to MSPs, members of the wider government community and business leaders at the parliament on June 18.
Live, working systems were installed at Holyrood and demonstrated the capability and speeds. Importantly, this service is now more cost effective than ever and available to users across all regions of the Scottish mainland, highlands and islands.
Nigel Don welcomed any form of broadband which will enhance the lives of his constituents, whether domestic users or small business owners.
He said: “There is a central government push that all forms need to be completed online. However, if rural communities can’t get access to quality fibre broadband then I see satellite broadband as a credible way forward in many situations.”
Steve Petrie director for Eutelsat broadband commented: “Scotland is a very important market for us and we look forward to working alongside Avonline to deliver 20Mbps broadband to all areas of Scotland, ensuring the digital divide is well and truly bridged and that rural economies thrive alongside towns and cities.”
The Scottish Parliament briefing was part of a rolling programme to show the suitability of modern satellite broadband technology for broadband ‘notspots’ and ‘slowspots’.
Further roadshows are planned, taking satellite broadband to remote communities. Further information about the new satellite broadband services from Avonline is available at www.avonlinebroadband.co.uk.